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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) - Baltika Breweries

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Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)Baltika #9 Extra (Strong)

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539 Ratings

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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 25.81%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries visit their website
Russian Federation

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001)
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Photo of ghurux86


3.7/5  rDev +32.6%

pours a light clear straw yellow. the head is white and fluffy but doesn't stay to long.
you can plainly smell hops with some alcochol among other scents, fairly complex.
taste is rather good, some white grape and hops, the alcohol is masked very well but the warmth is relevent in the end.
mouth feel is not bad, but not amazing, fairly thin, carbonation level is matched rather nicely to the body.
i could drink this one for a while, but the ABV could slow me down.

02-25-2005 08:03:28 | More by ghurux86
Photo of heinekenike

New York

2.93/5  rDev +5%

Hmmm--a little cidery for me. A pale yellow appearance, smell is okay. A nice billowing white head which prevented me from pouring the whole bottle.

But the taste is very apple-y and sweet, like I was trying a radler for some reason. There is a late taste of the alcohol, but it's pretty smooth. Maybe it can be passed off as a wine cooler. >:-)

02-14-2005 00:59:58 | More by heinekenike
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


2.48/5  rDev -11.1%

Okay, trying it again after having the bottled version, the alcohol warmth is kind of welcoming. There's still a big sugary taste, but for some reason it doesn't bother me as much. Still, there's an undeniable attraction to being able to buy this from a kiosk on almost any residential corner in Russia and to drink it just while walking around!

02-01-2005 19:13:34 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of Skidz


1.4/5  rDev -49.8%

Pours out pale straw and stis light, bright gold in the glass with a large white head, fading fast to a light skim, moving to the sides.

Aroma is pure malt and grass. Dried, decaying banana peel, and soft, bruised apples. Leafy hops dangle in the background, mildly spicy.

Tastes faintly sweet, almost sickeningly so when combined with its rather harsh, dry spicing, and alcoholic warmth. Like sucking on a twig that's been drenched in vodka. Destroys all sense of taste...and that's the best thing it has to offer; relief.

Light, watery and suitably carbonated. No reason to keep it in your mouth for very long, swallow and get it over with.

This beer has it's niche in the market of those who enjoy drinking swillish beers that look more sophisticated than Budweiser or Coors. I personally couldn't tell the difference and would rather have kept this one in the bottle.

01-25-2005 21:13:06 | More by Skidz
Photo of blitheringidiot


2.3/5  rDev -17.6%

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Interesting foil wrapped top and decorative motif. Best before 10/02/05.

Crystal clear light straw hued pour with a thin bubbly bone white head cap.

Adjunts abound with chemical almost rubber like scents. Some corn adjuncts are prevalent. Leafy honey notes.

First Swigs: Dry grassy pilsner like hops. Medicinal herbal notes. Sweet grassy honey flavors. Floral notes but a harsh medicinal lingering aftertaste almost reminds me of regular Listerine. Grainy malts are pronounced.

Slick tacky syrupy feel that leaves a coating on me tongue while being thin to medium bodied. Soft carbonation.

Last Swigs: Whew! Flat malt liquor. Honeyish pilsner. Another $1.60 BALTIKA 16.9 oz’er with a whopping 8.0% ABV. What an interesting brewery. Better than most basic macro swill, but not by much.

Beer is good. Happy Ruskie beering.

12-19-2004 16:01:03 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of WetCoaster


2.48/5  rDev -11.1%

Usually, I'll go through the whole review process, but with this brew there's no real reason: This is Russia's answer to Colt 45. The appearance is decent (fine carbonation, good head, deep gold) and it has some body, but aside from a hint of malt sweetness, this is just a mediocre macro-esque lager concealing a hefty dose of grain spirits.

In short, it sucks.

Baltika CAN make a decent beer; their #6 Baltic Porter is quite tasty and a steal at @ $1.75. Don't waste your time with the 9.

10-17-2004 06:53:32 | More by WetCoaster
Photo of jlervine


3.48/5  rDev +24.7%

Pours a transparent rich yellow with a white frothy head. The head dips down within a minute to leave lacing on the sides of the glass and Belgian lace across the top of the beer. The aroma has a big musty graininess to it, with a bit of medicinal herbal hops. Hint of alcohol, and hint creamed corn tossed in for good measure. Very aggressive carbonation rips across the tongue, barely giving anything a chance to be sampled. Herbal raw bitterness leads the second advance moving to a mild alcohol bite wrapped in residual sweetness. Simplest way to describe this would be malt liquor with hops, and not quite as thick. Mouthfeel is mildly coating, and the carbonation really works the palate over like Ivan Drago. All in all, not a bad brew, and undeserving of the low rating it seems to have garnered for itself.

09-30-2004 23:04:27 | More by jlervine
Photo of diamonddave


2.28/5  rDev -18.3%

According to the label on the back, "Baltika Extra is a pale beer brewed from the best ingredients according to an advanced technology." Hmm... probably the same technology they used to train Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV".

Congratulations, comrades- your advanced technology has given us a beer that tastes and smells like any generic Eurolager. You know the score: it smells grainy and tastes bitter in that "skunky but supposed to be" way. I guess the difference between Baltika #9 and Heineken is that Baltika's high alcohol content adds a slight rubbing alcohol aftertaste.

At 8% ABV, this does pack a punch. But at $1.89 for a pint (okay, 16.9 oz.), you might as well pick up a 40 of Olde English, get more of a buzz and rest easy knowing you're not contributing to Mother Russia's nuclear re-armament and eventual world takeover. C'mon folks, it's obvious: the Russkies are lying low, trying to get us blitzed on their shitty high-alcohol lager so that we'll be easier to defeat when World War III kicks off. Perestroika, my ass.

Just say "nyet"!

09-27-2004 02:52:48 | More by diamonddave
Photo of maxpower


2.68/5  rDev -3.9%

It pours a clear straw golden color with a decent white head that doesn't last too long, musty grainy and flowery aromas. Bready and grainy flavors, medium bodied, nice crisp and carbonated mouthfeel, finishes sweet yet clean, a decent malt liquor, I had no problem finishing the bottle.

08-10-2004 15:16:51 | More by maxpower
Photo of connecticutpoet


2.05/5  rDev -26.5%

Well, this beer looked OK... poured out a nice yellow color with a head that dissolved to foamy lace rings that clung to the side of the glass.

Then it started to go down. The smell was just plain average... pale malts with aromatic hops.

Then the taste... medicinal, and alcohol. No hop quality, no bitterness... just like drinking some sort of watered-down decongestant. Plain bad.

I got three from this brewery, and I find myself praying the others are better than this.

07-17-2004 02:53:03 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of Ellbert


2.3/5  rDev -17.6%

Appearance: light colored with a small white head that faded quickly. This left almost no lace.

Smell: Sweet malt, maybe corn? Very clean aroma other than that. Kinda boring.

Taste: Sweet upfront with nothing to balance it out. Alcohol is very evident which is not pleasant in this brew. It is too thin to have that much alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Very thin. A beer that is 8% shouldn't be this thin. It makes it very hard to drink.

Not that great of a beer. It wasn't horrible but not really worth it.

06-09-2004 13:12:25 | More by Ellbert
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


2.65/5  rDev -5%

This is no Hevelius Kaper! Thin, sweet, and it certainly has some adjuncts. Not terrible, but only worth it if you want the alcohol "bang for your buck". If your looking for a good, high ABV Baltic lager, get the Kaper. This one is a little hard to swallow!

06-02-2004 05:08:55 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of putnam


2.98/5  rDev +6.8%

Loads of tropical fruit-flavored carboard jumps out at my nose after detopping this beer. Sweet glycerin textures deliver buttered iron, tangerine, fruit cocktail and steamy loaves of glazed bread-like flavors.

I think high alcohol beers have a challenge justifying their existence in terms of flavor. This one doesn't quite rise to it.

05-21-2004 23:12:57 | More by putnam
Photo of Andreji


2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Right past the great experience I had with nr. 6, baltika 9 was an absolute disappointment.

Of the order of other strong crap lagers, say, Bavaria's 12.3, this beer is dull as a lager (a bit more orangey but hey, nothing out of the order), excessively sweet, bad in hops, perceivable alcohol....etc. There's really nothing great to it aside from where it comes from (hehe but that's personal now).

04-07-2004 12:35:10 | More by Andreji
Photo of Zorro


3/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a clear golden brew.

Smells sweet with mild perfume, similar to the smell of malt liquor + a touch of malt.

Taste is mildly sweet clean flavor despite the high alcohol content.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability? This is REALLY just a very smooth malt liquor.

03-29-2004 02:09:47 | More by Zorro
Photo of GuinnessSmurf


3.18/5  rDev +14%

Consistent and persistent fully head tops this light golden colored beer. The nose is greeted with hops and a slight flowery smell.

Taste is pretty clear and weak. There are hops in the end of the flavor and hints of pear left on the tongue, but it is otherwise very flavorless.

03-23-2004 19:04:03 | More by GuinnessSmurf
Photo of genaro


3.1/5  rDev +11.1%

This beer has a nice clear gold color with a small head that vanished quickly. There was no lace to speak of. The aroma was grainy and slightly metallic with traces of alcohol. The taste was that of sweet, grainy malt and alcohol coupled with a decent hop bite. The mouthfeel was smooth and mellow and seemed a little doughy towards a sweet, dryish finish. The high alcohol level gives you a good relaxing buzz.

01-02-2004 23:07:40 | More by genaro
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.1/5  rDev -24.7%

Baltika Extra #9! Man those Russians like their alcohol. 8% alcohol!!!!

Baltika pours a light yellow with heavy carbonation and a thick white head.

The aroma is grainy, some hops, and alcohol.

The taste is sharp! Strong alcohol taste in this beer. I detect some hops but its very bitter and not very enjoyable. Cheap corn flavor like what you find in a Busch or Milwaukee's Best.

The mouthfeel stings! Most likely from the 8% alcohol.

Sorry comrades, to me beer is about the taste not the alcohol content!

12-05-2003 19:28:32 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of feloniousmonk


1.7/5  rDev -39.1%

Appearance: clear, pale yellow color, utterly transparent and shallow, but blessed with a full and frothy pure white head.
Aroma: ill. Corny, flat, typical of most pale lagers, but with no redeeming qualities, sticky sweet, too, almost painfully so...
Taste: NONE!!! Clean, empty, but potent in the strength. A panther in pajamas, silky, but strong, and ultimately very thinly bodied, and utterly flavorless.
As has been noted previously, a basic Baltic malt likka...who needs it...learn from my sad experience...avoid like the bubonic plague!!!

11-19-2003 08:27:06 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev +17.6%

Pours a clear yellow with large carbonation bubbles and a thick creamy head. The aroma is weak, some sweetness and grass are detected. There is a sweet and creamy mouthfeel. The malt is the strongest towards flavor and only a hint of hops is detected. Very smooth aftertaste. Not terrible, but not too exciting either.

11-10-2003 01:03:50 | More by Gavage
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.55/5  rDev +27.2%

This one poured a light golden colour almost like a Reposado style Tequila. It began with a lovely, thick snow white head approximately 2 centimetres in thickness (that's a bit less than an inch). It left quite nice lacing in my glass, but the head soon dissipated to about half its original thickness, and then soon after, all but faded into a light, white haze. The smell is quite unusual in that, it doesn't really smell quite like any other beer or ale that I've had before. One can smell a wee bit of yeast, but other characteristics seem to me, unidentifiable. The taste, like the smell, is peculiar. Not bad or dis-satisfying, just peculiar. It goes down easy (the 8,0abv is evident when it hits bottom; to one who is used to quite mild beers and ales) but all in all, there's nothing terribly wrong with this one. It isn't the greatest brew I've ever had, likewise it isn't the worst. Carbonation was right where it needed to be. Not absent, yet not like Sprite. Just beneath the middle of those two. I'd probably drink one of these again.

10-23-2003 03:07:35 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of ADR


2.55/5  rDev -8.6%

Pale gold and crystal clear, light puffy fine-bubbled head and crystalline lace. Distinct raisiny grape aroma, lots of fusels. Malt is honeyish but masked by an astringent pruney grape and cheap table wine-like character. Finishes lighter but still vinous with a speck of hop that's a bit clove-like. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel, harsh alcohol without fun or redeeming flavors that make it worth it. Has a real Malt Liquor style and flush to it, and overall, its a little weird and on the sour side. Harsh and worsens as it warms, I can't say this is at all worth keeping stocked.

10-22-2003 15:11:38 | More by ADR
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


2.93/5  rDev +5%

UPDATE 10-08-04

At last a fresh sample dated Best Before 05.03.05 that has not been buggered about with.

The Old Score;

2.5 : 2.0 : 2.5 : 2.5 : 2.0 = 2.35

...has been updated

The New Score for a Fresh Sample;

3.5 : 3.0 : 3.0 : 3.0: 2.5 = 3.05

The fresh sample was much better, but this is still АVЕЯΛĠЁ !!!!

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Presentation: Picked up a Bottle of the Baltika #9 along with #3 and #4 offerings and decided to give them all a whirl recently. After having had the #3 yesterday & the $4 earlier tonight - I was all for leaving the last of these, the #9, until I had run out of my cellared 3 month old “aged” stash of fresh Bud Lite, but I figured I would get it out of the way.

A metric sized half-litre (500ml) brown glass bottle, labeled as 16.9 fluid ounces for the US market. Metallic gold, white and dark brown label, with a similarly colored foil covered crown capped top third. Labeled across the middle of the label as БAЛTИKA, whilst the English wording states “Baltika Extra” above, whilst “#9 – Alc. 8.0% vol. Pale Beer” is below. The only one of the three bottles I had that did not have its freshness date covered by a white US Gov. Health Sticker applied by Apollo Import/Export of CA91605 – Freshness Date listed as 23.04.04.

Hold On, Hmmm, I just checked the #3 & #4 that I had earlier >>> Oh, Oh – I carefully peeled the now seemingly “false” white US Health Sticker back – SHAME ON YOU APOLLO IMPORT/EXPORT!!! Both were Out of Date!!! Anyways….

Appearance: NEVER!!! – were my first words uttered out aloud when I saw the color of this beer and compared it to the listed strength of 8.0% ABV. An incredibly pale straw color, with a large expansive foam head. As real as a fake pair of Levis made in St.Petersburg – looks like Jupiler.

Nose: Lightly toasted malts, Lada Cars, Gorky Park and stale bread.

Taste: Pale malts & alcohol. Like MiG-29 Jet Fuel.

Mouthfeel: It’s there & like Russian – it’s a mouth full of Consonants. No Vowels.

Drinkability: Given that it is listed at 8% it is rather drinkable, but it has little in the way of appealing flavor and / or any return character.

Overall: Similar in consistency to that of Stalin’s Urine, often force-fed to those bastard traitor British Spies during their Cambridge all-male initiation ceremonies. A favorite of Anthony Blunt & Guy Burgess. Has a clinging and slightly warming feel akin to home-made Russian Horse-Piss flavored Vodka. Sticks at the back of the throat like those hairy women from Moscow.


10-21-2003 05:53:39 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of marcobrau


3.33/5  rDev +19.4%

Virtually no discernbile aroma to this extra strong light gold lager. Pours clear wtih a burst of foam that settles quickly. This lager is smooth and strong with a big malty sweetness and some notes of honey. It's short of being too sweet for my tastes, a definite cold weather beer. The finish is short with a hint of bubblegum and just enough hops to prevent that last sip from being too sticky. Not a bad strong lager for the price, $1.59 for a half-liter brown bottle.

Something I might try again when it's a little more Ukrainian outside...

08-13-2003 03:03:04 | More by marcobrau
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.75/5  rDev +34.4%

The beer pours a golden color with a bone white lacey head. The aroma is quite plain, but maintains all the traditional lager qualities. The taste is really good. I'm not usually a fan of lagers, but this one is smooth and refreshing. Also the elevated abv. (8%) is not noticable. There is very little bitterness and the taste, although plain, is good. The mouthfeel is a little rough. There is way too much carbonation. The beer is light bodied and a pleasure to drink.

08-01-2003 20:57:04 | More by WesWes
Baltika #9 Extra (Strong) from Baltika Breweries
66 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.